This summer we propose you to visit the Medes Islands. These wild islands, located just 900 meters from the coast of L’Estartit, and protected for over 20 years, are a paradise for scuba diving and an ideal space for hiking.
The Medes Islands are a group of 7 islands and several islets with a total area of 21,5 hectares, the largest of which is the Meda Gran. They had formerly been preferred by pirates and used as a military and surveillance hiding place. They were inhabited until 1934, but the only current construction is the Meda Gran Lighthouse and its only inhabitants, the birds.
Today its main attraction lies in the richness and diversity of its fauna and flora. There are various options to discover it, but we highlight diving and boat trips with underwater vision.
Diving is the star activity, and there are several companies that offer this option. However, the most common option is to rent a boat ourselves and stop at one of the buoys that are around the islands. With only a mask and a snorkel, we can enjoy a good time watching the rich seabed. Fishes of different shapes and colors will delight young and old.
The other option is to book a ticket at one of the typical boats with underwater vision, specially prepared to see the seabed. Mare Nostrum cuises is one of the best known in the area. The advantage is that they usually organize commented tours that allow us to see other sights of the coast besides the Medes. It’s an ideal option to spend a whole morning or afternoon, and very practical for children.
If given the chance, it’s also worth to land on the Meda Gran and make a walking tour of the island. Remember that this is a protected area, so you need to follow the marked routes. On foot, you can enjoy a flora used to low rainfall and high salinity and fauna with outstanding waterfowl.
Also, during the summer there are numerous organized activities regarding the Islands. One of the most representative is Santa Carme, the fishermen’s Patron, on July 16th. On this day, the boats leave in maritime procession from the harbour of l’Estartit to the islands to celebrate the holiday.
In any case, when it comes to the Medes Islands, it’s always about having a good time where fun and entertainment are guaranteed.